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Sometimes a beer just catches your eye.  I wasn’t necessarily looking for a huge Double IPA when I found this, but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist.

Beer Name: Death by Viking

Brewery: Solemn Oath Brewery (Naperville, IL)

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Description: Described by the brewers as blending rich caramel malts and ferocious onslaught of bitterness and hops.

Appearance: Poured to a slightly cloudy golden/amber body with a full bubbly head of white foam.

Smell: Fruity upfront, followed by a muted pine bitterness and boozy finish.

Taste: Sweet combination of light and caramel malts upfront joined by grapefruit and subtle citrus notes.  It then took on some moderate to assertive bitterness from a mixture of piney and earthy hops before coming to a malty, boozy, and slightly hoppy ending.  Strong and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with moderate carbonation.

Hype: None that I was particularly aware of.  It was the last can of its kind on the shelf and I soon as I made eye contact with that Viking I knew it was mine.

Overall: There are a lot of beers out there these days with crazy, attention grabbing names, but I would have to say that this one definitely lived up to its label.  This was one hard core brew, more of a hoppy strong ale than a double IPA, that made me think of it as some sort of hybrid between Stone’s Double Bastard Ale and Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute.  Sweet, boozy, and packed with hops this beer is not for the faint at heart.  I liked it, and would probably get it again given the chance, but it’s not the kind of thing you just casually break out on a work night.